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Heroes

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,537 ratings  ·  192 reviews
Francis Joseph Cassavant is eighteen. He has just returned home from the Second World War, and he has no face. He does have a gun and a mission: to murder his childhood hero.

Francis lost most of his face when he fell on a grenade in France. He received the Silver Star for bravery, but was it really an act of heroism? Now, having survived, he is looking for a man he once ad
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 8th 2000 by Laurel Leaf (first published August 10th 1998)
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Bethan
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Maciek
It's amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks.

Francis Joseph Cassavant is 18 years old, and has just returned to his hometown of Monument in Massachusetts from the French trenches of World War 2. He has no face - he lost most of it in the war, and covers the bandaged remains with a scarf. Francis returned to Monument to find Larry LaSalle, a man loved by the community and one whom Francis deeply respected and admired, now also a war veteran - and like Francis, a Silver Star hero. H
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Ella Reed
Only had one interesting chapter in the entire book and the ending was a huge anti-climax. Would not recommend this book because it is no where near as exciting as the blurb may suggest. Mostly goes on about how embarrassed he is about his ruined face well for that he should have gone on embarrassing bodies instead of ranting on about through out the entire book.
Sammy
This book as usual was a part of my English GCSE and I felt that it did not get the credit it deserved from the majority of my class. A story of a war hero who's and his former girlfriend's childhood was seemingly destroyed by a man who he had thought to be his own hero. He returns to take revenge on an act from years ago.

The majority of my class had expected it to be some, kind of action packed novel that was equal parts thrilling and equal parts intense. However, they did not feel that way abo
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Ally Atherton
This is another one of those books which my son brought home from school, apparently it is part of his GCSE English curriculum. I wasn't really looking forward to it and I was thinking it was just going to be a war thiller.

Francis has come home from WW2 after suffering a horrendous disfigurement. He has his face covered in bandages and a scarf and goes back to the town where he grew up. Where other war veterans are thinking of ways to get their lives back together, Francis has other things on hi
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Enrique Macias
This book is about a 14 year old kid name francis cassavant that goes to war and loses some of his face. Francis has many young adult problems like anger frustration. Francis return to frenchtown after coming back from war , and he wears a scarf to cover his face because he lost almost of his face and people well not have to see the horror oh his injuries. Francis goes to on to beat LaSalle in a table tennis competition and became well known " Table Tennis Champion. " He dosen't know that Larry ...more
Flannery
Robert Cormier wrote I Am the Cheese, which will forever be burned in my brain as it was a question at pub trivia that I got incorrect a few months back. As such, I made it a personal goal to read several of his books in the next year or two because 1. I hate getting questions wrong in pub trivia; 2. His books are supposed to be twisty and well-written (some are required in many high school curricula); and 3. Most importantly to me, they are very short. I immediately put Heroes on hold at the li ...more
Anna
A serious well written YA novel exploring the nature of heroism, set in post WW2 USA but managing to retain a timeless quality.

Francis Cassavant returns to Frenchtown a reluctant war veteran and suffering from serious facial wounds. Unlike other veterans who are stuck in a limbo neither acknowledging their experiences nor moving on, Francis has a purpose which he hides from the community, along with his identity. The truth will reveal why he volunteered to fight.

The split narrative follows Fran
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Ruth
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, come to think about it, perhaps I like it more than Chocolate War . . . completely changes your idea of how we think and define "heroes".
Jacob

Larry LaSalle. Need I say more? He is the coolest, most good-looking kid in all of Frenchtown. He’s got it all! Larry LaSalle is a hero to all of the kids in Frenchtown, especially Francis Joseph Cassavant. Francis looked up to Larry…it’s a shame that he has to kill him. You see, Larry raped Francis’ girlfriend while Francis was in WWII. Francis is eighteen now… and he has returned home without a face. During the war, a grenade blew off Francis’ lips, nose, and ears. His eyes and eardrums are s
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Amber
I think that this book is a little wird at first but i soon understand it. Its about a boy named francis cassavant and he joins the army hopping he would have a better chance of dieing, the reason for that was becuase one night nichole and franceis and larry were in the wreck center, and francis was told to leave becuase larry told him to go so that he and nichole could dance, nichole told francis to stay but he told her no, but stayed anyway. As francis was watching he hears grouns and the soun ...more
Jeane
Cormier, Robert (1998). Heroes. New York: Delacorte Press. 135 pages.

Summary and Evaluation: After three years fighting in World War II, Francis Cassavant returns home a mangled, faceless Silver Star war hero. He still has one final mission though – to find and eliminate the childhood hero who destroyed his life. The reasons for this intense hatred are unraveled through the main character’s flashbacks and examine the nature of heroism and cowardice, betrayal and revenge.

I really enjoyed this boo
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Charley Harpole
HEROES is a story of Francis Joseph Cassavantd who enlisted early in World War II but has returned. His face was, to put it lightly, blasted off. You get information from him through the form of flashbacks and you discover his dark pass and why he ran and joined the army at age sixteen. Francis also has one goal and that is too kill his mentor, after finding out why, you are hopping that he pulls the trigger not only on his mentor but also on his self.

I liked this book. IT was really creative w
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Samantha Kilford
This is a book I was assigned as part of my GCSE literature exam and it's a very interesting story. The novel makes you question if "one sin wipes away everything good a person has done."
It is about a young man named Francis Cassavant who wants to avoid the memory of what he thinks he could have prevented to the girl he loves, so he goes of to war hoping to die. In an unsuccessful attempt to take his life Francis falls on a grenade, he loses most of his face in the process, and saves many men i
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Sean Finnegan
Heroes by Robert Cormier is a very energetic book. This is the first book that I have read By the author. In my opinion it is a great reading suggestion to younger readers. It provides the love and tragedy people wont hinder for through the era of WWII. The fictional book soaks in the reader with suspense. You read about a character who faces such adversity coming back home from the war. The events that followed increasingly kept my attention further into the book. Having a life changing injury; ...more
Rebecca
I was a little surprised to say the least when I finished this and realised that I genuinely enjoyed reading this book. I rarely like the pieces set as part of my English literature syllabus (Of Mice and Men, An Inspector Calls, Hamlet etc.), but Heroes was an exception. At 97 pages it really didn't take me long to read. The plot was basic yet interesting all the same- Francis Cassavant a young soldier arrives home from war to the town of Monument, his face disfigured and his identity kept secre ...more
Courtney
I had to read this for my GCSE in English, however i didn't expect for the novel to be this good.

"My name is Francis Joseph Cassavant and i have just returned to Frenchtown in Monument and the war is over and i have no face"

Francis is a very blunt character, he tells things like it is. In the vivid description of his wounds (chapter 1) you can straight away tell that he isn't affected by them, yet he wants to stay anonymous so he hides his face. I couldn't help but pity the character of Francis,
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Jo Balharrie
This book is a required read for the GCSE English Literature course I am currently undertaking. At the end of this academic year, I shall sit an exam in which I will have to analyse aspects of the novel - but none of that interests you. You just want to know my opinions on the novel.

This novel follows the struggles of Francis Cassavant, an eighteen year old boy who has returned from the second world war with no face, as a result if his ‘heroic’ actions on the battlegrounds of World War Two. Fran
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Dallas Hadley
Category: REQUIRED

Francis was a pretty shy guy growing up in his community. He found some belonging at the wreck center because LaSalle, a well respected adult in the community, takes him under his wing. He supports him and reached him ping pong, which is how Francis creates an identity for himself as the table tennis champion. Francis falls in love with Nicole, but one night she is raped by LaSalle, and Francis didn’t stop it from happening. This tears him up inside and he eventually joins the
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Tayla
This book was my GCSE English book. Amazingly, I really enjoyed it and because its only a small book its easy to re-read. I found it easy to understand as the vocabulary is fairly basic (I personally find books with old fashioned or larger vocabulary harder to read). This is one book that, although I studied it for a year & had to write essays on it for my English GCSE, I would happily read it again.

The story grips you from the start, the very first page describing Francis Joseph Cassavant.
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Rhi
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Natasha
Obviously, like many of these reviews, I am writing this as I have completed reading it for my GCSE English Lit, and I'm not really that impressed. Very easy to guess plot, annoyingly naive characters at times (I am aware what era this book was set, but the naivety still gets on my nerves) and no loveable characters. I did not feel connected to any of the characters, normally when I've read first person narration and they are sharing their deepest darkest thoughts to me, I feel empathy and a con ...more
Tabiatha Sherbert
Heroes is the story of an eighteen-year-old war veteran that lost his face when he dived for a grenade. Reading this book was hard because the main character, Francis, was hard to relate to. He complained very much, and did not express deep emotions, but, the emotions and thoughts portrayed were often superficial and more telling than showing. Also, I think the author was not able to portray his main idea, people we think of as heroes are not always what they seem, as clearly or as well as he wa ...more
Nicole
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I was expecting something different from a "Cormier" book. I found the ending hopeful. This novel follows the teenage Francis as he is coming into his own, joins the war effort much too young, and as he attempts to understand the past as it intersects with the "future". Cormier challenges our notions of heroes and hero worship. I found it intriguing. Cormier brings up questions about redemption--who can be redeemed, when can they be redeemed, what must be done to be redeemed? Al
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Joanne
I read this for GCSE a few year back. I remember instantly hating the book because of the first few paragraphs (and having to read it for school). However, as I read further, Robert Cormier style of writing really interested me; the characters were realistic and the themes were portrayed beautifully throughout the book and because it was not written in chronological order it allowed Cormier to slowly reveal all of the mysteries until the end.

This is a very good book for anybody who likes novels
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Neptune Violin
This was given to my entire English class to read over the summer, as it's one of the texts on the English literature GCSE papers we have to take next year.
Heroes is about a young boy - Francis Cassavant - returning to his hometown after WW2. After falling on a grenade, his face has become severely disfigured. Francis hides his identity from everyone who knew him once and strives to do one thing. The only reason he returned home.
This is told through a series of flashbacks from Francis' and his
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Cynthia
Awesome book!! Full of surprises, lies, and unexpected twists. I would read it over and over again countless times and would not get board of it.
Zee
Heated debates were had over this book and its ambiguous ending in the English staffroom! Personally I think the only merit of this book is the beginning and the ending. I did not find the character of Larry LaSalle particularly attractive nor obscene, nor did I have the feelings of shock for what happened to Nicole Renard. This is a quick read, yet the straightforward language does not allow any real layers of meaning or access to the complexity of the characters and the relationship they have ...more
Kate Jackson
Read this for my gcse in literature and I surprisingly enjoyed it a lot.
Serena
Really underdeveloped, just didn't like it at all.
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Robert Edmund Cormier (January 17, 1925–November 2, 2000) was an American author, columnist and reporter, known for his deeply pessimistic, downbeat literature. His most popular works include I Am the Cheese, After the First Death, We All Fall Down and The Chocolate War, all of which have won awards. The Chocolate War was challenged in multiple libraries. His books often are concerned with themes ...more
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“It's amazing that the heart makes no noise when it cracks.” 134 likes
“Everybody sins, Francis. The terrible thing is that we love our sins. We love the thing that makes us evil.” 36 likes
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